Captain Speedy and Dejatch Alamayou

  • About the artist
    Julia Margaret Cameron was born in Calcutta, the daughter of an official of the East India Company. She married a judge, Charles Hay Cameron, and moved to Ceylon, where the couple purchased several plantations. Ten years later they moved to Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight. At 48, Julia was given a camera. She took photography lessons from David Wilkie Wynfield, becoming a successful photographer, although her use of a deliberately blurred effect was criticised. Her subjects included allegories of religious or literary texts and celebrities, accessed through her sister Sarah Prinsep (who, with husband Thoby, was at the centre of the Little Holland House artistic circle). In 1875, the Camerons returned to Ceylon, where Julia died aged 63.
  • Explore
    Speedy, Tristram Charles SawyerAlamayou, (Dejatch) of Abyssinia (Prince Alemayehu Tewodros of Ethiopia)
    Materials & Techniques
    photograph (as object name), albumen print
  • Details
    Captain Speedy and Dejatch Alamayou
    Albumen print
    height: 62.00 cm, width: 47.50 cm
    Inscription below: From Life Registered Photograph Copy Right Julia Margaret Cameron / given to Mrs. Burton by Mrs Cameron on condition / that she never allows this Photograph to be copied
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